mini-reviews: Milk and Honey, Since You’ve Been Gone, Pride and more!

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I usually write reviews shortly after finishing a book, but especially when I didn’t take that many notes or towards the end of the month when I have so many other posts to write, I tend to postpone writing them. That’s why I’ll be briefly reviewing a bunch of books today! Some of these I finished at the beginning of September, so bear with me while I try to remember as much about them as I can!

These are in no particular order.

evidence of the affair

I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, so I had to read this short story. We read letters to and from two people whose spouses are cheating on them.

Because it hits close to home, I’m usually not a fan of cheating storylines. Though I probably wouldn’t have made the same decisions as these characters, I rooted for and respected them. I really appreciate Carrie reaching out to her husband’s lover’s spouse. It’s the right thing to do.

rating: ★★★★✩

CW/TW for cheating, ableist language (e.g. cr*zy), fertility problems

we have always lived in the castle

It took me longer than expected to read this short book, but luckily, I didn’t give up. We Have Always Lived in the Castle was a page-turner (despite what I just said); I needed to find out what happened next! In hindsight the plot twist seems obvious, but I didn’t see it coming!

rating: ★★★★✩

CW/TW for bullying, amnesia, poisoning, murder, ableism, arson, death

milk and honey

Poetry is not my cup of tea, but Milk and Honey was rather accessible. I finished it in less than an hour and highlighted a number of poems. The drawings were a nice addition. That said, I thought some poems were a bit cissexist and heteronormative. Additionally, I don’t like the message that no one can love you until you love yourself. As I’ve only had one relationship and it was a bad one, I couldn’t relate to the Loving poems.

rating: ★★★✩✩

CW/TW for sexual assault, rape, paedophilia, alcoholism, sex

since you've been gone

Since You’ve been Gone had been on my TBR for years, though I have to admit this book never crossed my mind when I was thinking about what I wanted to read next. I picked up the audiobook on a whim in September and I quite enjoyed it. M/F romances usually aren’t my favourite, but I thought the love interest Frank was adorable, apart from him kind of cheating on his girlfriend… The anxiety representation was relatable. Unfortunately, this was an entertaining read, but not a memorable one. I can’t even remember the main character’s name.

rating: ★★★.5

CW/TW for underage drinking

pride

I initially wasn’t very interested in reading Pride as I don’t care much about Pride & Prejudice, but I decided to pick this up anyway because it nonetheless features many other intriguing elements such as poverty and gentrification.

Many reviewers didn’t like the characters. I understand their feelings, but I have to disagree. Each character was merely flawed. For instance, I could relate to the main character’s feelings about her sister when she was dating someone. Her thoughts weren’t nice, but I understood perfectly why she was protective.

As I had expected, I didn’t dig the romance. The hate-to-love development was a bit sudden, the main character constantly changed her mind whether she wanted to be with him and the “you’re not like other girls” sentiment was annoying.

I really liked the diversity elements – the story is set in Brooklyn and the main character is Haitian-Dominican American – and I’m certainly still interested in reading Ibi Zoboi’s American Street.

rating: ★★★.5

CW/TW for character death, slut shaming, mentions of racism


Have you read these books? Did you like them?

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